Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) this week reiterated his calls for congressional hearings into the Obama administration's decision to review deportation proceedings for illegal aliens, and said this step is particularly needed in light of the Massachusetts arrest of an illegal alien who is a relative of President Obama.

Omar Onyango Obama was arrested for drunk driving by a Framingham police officer. Onyango, a half-brother of President Obama's father, has been called "Uncle Omar" by King and others.

"On August 18, the Obama administration announced that it would be ignoring congressionally mandated deportations, and now it appears one of the first beneficiaries of this decision could be the President's recently arrested uncle, Omar Onyango Obama," King said. "With an existing deportation order, it is not surprising to learn that 'Uncle Omar' Obama told police officers that his first call would be to his nephew in the White House."

King said the administration's decision to review all deportation cases means there is "little question" that those with political connections will try to take advantage of this change.

"This raises a troubling list of questions about the potential for preferential treatment, and is yet another reason Congress should hold hearings to expose Obama's executive amnesty program," he said.

King also noted that Onyango's sister, Zeituni, was granted asylum in 2010, and said questions were raised at the time about whether her connection to Obama was the reason.

"Like Aunt Zeituni Onyango, Uncle Omar is referenced in President Obama's memoir, 'Dreams from My Father,' " King said.

The Boston Herald is reporting today that Onyango is an illegal immigrant but has had a valid Massachusetts driver's license and Social Security number since 1992.